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Conflict Resolution

Why pursue a conflict resolution degree at North Central College?

A conflict resolution minor offers a one-of-a-kind leadership, ethics and values skillset that stands out. Anyone who works with others will face the need for conflict resolution, making it a highly important skill in leadership and business. This program will make you a sought-after addition to any organization.

At North Central College, you’ll master negotiation and interpersonal communication skills, explore the field of alternative dispute and examine social impact. This program will prepare you for graduate school or a wide range of careers like a professional mediator, human resources professional, attorney, social worker or corporate professional.


  • Problem-solving complex internal communication issues
  • Mastering negotiation and dispute resolution
  • Mediating between individuals or groups within organizations

then a minor in CONFLICT RESOLUTION might be for you.

Why study conflict resolution at North Central College?

In the Classroom

Coursework topics:

  • Business and Professional Communication
  • Business Law
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Law
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Professional Ethics
  • Urban problems

Beyond the Classroom

As a conflict resolution minor, you can:

  • Apply for internships and jobs through robust faculty and alumni networks or the Center for Career and Professional Development.
  • Gain valuable experience by interning in North Central’s Dispute Resolution Center, which provides mediation and consulting services to students and the community through its Peer Mediation Program.
  • Apply for membership to the national Blue Key Honor Society, which recognizes exemplary leadership.
  • Develop your personal and professional leadership skills through the NCC Lead.
  • Apply for a Richter Grant to fund original research anywhere in the world, or a Mironda K. Heston Scholarship to fund human rights and service projects.
  • Present the findings of your research at the College’s Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.
  • Take advantage of numerous leadership opportunities through student government and other campus organizations.
  • Pursue a five-year bachelor’s/master’s program in leadership studies or consider the College’s Master of Leadership Studies degree after graduation

More Department information

Conflict Resolution Minor

This minor offers students applied interdisciplinary and pre-professional preparation to engage in a variety of conflict resolution models including negotiation, mediation and facilitation. Additionally, it complements academic majors in a variety of disciplines in which students may seek graduate education, including law, political science, psychology and human resources.

For additional information and courses in this program, see Leadership, Ethics and Values.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 20 credit hours, including:

Conflict Resolution Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.


  • Intern, Dispute Resolution Center, North Central College
  • Intern, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Geneva, IL
  • Intern, law offices of Jeffrey Knuckles, Naperville
  • Intern, Sears Roebuck Office of Professional Ethics, Hoffman Estates, IL

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates of conflict resolution have been accepted at:

  • Hamline University
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of Missouri
  • DePaul University College of Law


Recent graduates of conflict resolution include:

  • Professional mediator
  • Human resources professional
  • Private attorney
  • Corporate or higher education professional
  • Family counselor
  • School social worker

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